Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020

Executive Committee Meeting and Lunch | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Murray Hill West, 2nd Floor

Committee Meetings | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Murray Hill West, 2nd Floor

Committee Civil Rights/EELS EJ Committee Panel on “Environmental Injustice:” Lead in Drinking Water | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.    Murray Hill West, 2nd Floor (For those registered to attend the Local and State Government Law Section CLE program)

Agency/Regulatory Updates | 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Murray Hill West, 2nd Floor

Speakers: Walter Mugdan, EPA and Joseph Murphy, DEC

Business Meeting - Nomination and Section Awards | 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Murray Hill East, 2nd Floor

EELS Networking Cocktail Reception | 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Murray Hill East and West, 2nd Floor

Date: Friday, January 31, 2020

Meeting Program: 8:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. | Grand Ballroom West, 3rd Floor | 4.0 MCLE Credits

Risky Business: Corporate Strategies for Addressing Environmental and Energy Challenges

This program will focus on the environmental and energy risks facing companies doing business in New York in this time of rapid change. This program will also cover opportunities for companies to convert environmental and new energy regulations into monetary savings while mitigating risk.

[This program is transitional and is suitable for all attorneys including those newly admitted.]

8:30 a.m.  Welcome and Introduction: Movie Madness

Chair: Howard M. Tollin, Esq., Sterling Environmental Services, Woodbury, NY

8:40 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. “The Day After Tomorrow”- CO2 Regulation and Weather Event Risks (1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice)

Panel Chair:  George A. Rusk, Esq., George A. Rusk, Attorney at Law, Buffalo, NY

Implementation of Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act and Community Risk and Resiliency Act Electric/CNG Vehicle Infrastructure Buildout: 

Speaker: Jared Snyder, Esq. Deputy Commissioner, Climate, Air Resources and Energy, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, NY

Builder Owner/Developer Risks

Speaker: Carl Hum, Esq.  Real Estate Board of New York, New York, NY

Pfizer Case Study: A Corporate Perspective on Climate Change Risk Management

Speaker: Sally Fisk, Esq. Pfizer In-house Counsel, New York, NY

9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes”- Corporate Leadership Initiatives: Superfund Toxic Torts and Energy (1.0 Credit in Area of Professional Practice)     

Panel Chair: Cheryl Vollweiler, Esq., Traub Lieberman, Hawthorne, NY 

Superfund: Reform and New Approaches    

Speaker: Benjamin Dehghi, Director, Major Remediation Projects, Honeywell, Inc., Torrance, CA

Legacy Contaminants of Emergent Concern

Speaker: Dr. Robert A. Michaels, PhD, CEP,  President of RAM TRAC Corp., Schenectady, NY

The Changing Energy Landscape: Renewables, Demand Charges, Smart Meters

Speaker: James Dixon, Esq.  Senior Vice President, Consolidated Edison, Ardsley, NY

10:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Break

10:40 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. “Show Me the Money”- Transactional Risk Mitigation  Strategies (1.0 Credit in Area of Professional Practice)

Panel Chair: Daniele Cervino, Esq., Beattie & Padovano P.C. | Montvale, NJ

Liability Transfers

Speaker: Thomas Lobasso: Director Operations,, Laurel Environmental Geosciences, DPC, New York, NY

Risk Transfers

Speaker: Michele Schroeder, J.D., M.S.L, President Environmental Risk Inc., Rockville Centre, NY          

Claims Transfers

Speaker: Callahan A. Spessard, Esq.,, Group Claims - Specialty Lines, Beazley Group, New York, NY

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. “The Firm”- Corporate Governance and Environmental Practice Ethical Issues (1.0 Credit in Area of Ethics)

Panel Chair: Michael J. Hecker, Esq., Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo, NY

Speakers: Rick W. Kennedy, Esq., Managing Partner and former member of the Office of General Counsel, Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo, NY; William J. Hochul, Jr., Esq., Former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of NY; Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, Delaware North, Buffalo, NY  

Luncheon | 12:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. | Off-site @ Mastro’s Restaurant | 1285 6th Avenue | NYC

Keynote Speaker: Thomas Byrne, Chief Environmental Counsel, Honeywell, Inc., Morristown, NJ

Section Chair: Howard M. Tollin, Esq. | Sterling Environmental Services | Woodbury, NY

Program Chairs: George A. Rusk, Esq., George A. Rusk, Attorney at Law, Buffalo, NY; Cheryl Vollweiler, Esq., Traub Lieberman, Hawthorne, NY; Michael J. Hecker, Esq., Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo, NY 



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